Sunday, January 24, 2010

Rheumatoid Arthritis and Renoir...

There were a few artists with debilitating and chronic health issues. One such artist who painted regularly even when his hands were deformed from arthritis and he had to have his brushes tied to his hands in order to paint, was Renoir.

(Frida Khalo is now thought to have suffered from Fibromyalgia, and painted from her bed).

When you see these towering artists who set examples in their dedication to their craft, it makes our daily trial and tribulations seem like trifles. Who is your art hero who painted or sculpted on despite personal troubles?

As always, if there is anything you want to know about an artist, is always a great jumping off place.


"For me a picture has to be something pleasant, delightful, and pretty - yes, pretty. There are enough unpleasant things in the world without us producing even more." ~ Pierre-Auguste Renoir


  1. As a survior of stroke and left with brain damage...I can still paint...and will continue to until the day i die. I paint and there for I am.

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  3. I know a little of what Renoir had to face. I'm a professional wildlife artist of 35 years and I now have Scleroderma and Rheumatoid Arthritis. For a year I could hardly draw and not paint. I now have learned to draw a bit differently. I do worry about the day I may have to start tying on my brushes! I count my blessings and remember what my Mother always told me - "this too will pass". My desire to draw and paint is stronger then ever, even though I still go through times of depression.